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  • 1. Take free form notes. For each of the slides with pictures, write 3-5 words that come to mind when you see the picture. At the end of your notes, predict what you thinkOf Mice and Menwill be about.

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The Great Depression 8. The Great Depression and Farming

  • Recession from the World War I drops the market price of goods so farmers have to produce more to avoid losing profit
  • To meet the demand, farmers buy more land and invest in expensive agricultural equipment
    • Debt
  • Stock Market crash (1929) => banks close
  • banks collect debts => farmers lose property
  • farms close => displaced workers

9. The Great Depression and Farming

  • Seven year drought hits the Great Plains (1931)
    • Increased farming leads to erosion of soil
    • Grasslands => Deserts
    • Dust Bowl
      • Hundreds of farmers from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and other states pack up and head to California
      • Known as Okies since about 20% came from Oklahoma
      • Met With:
        • Poor conditions
        • scorn from Californians
        • Displacement mental, physical, emotional

10. 11. Steinbeck and the Great Depression

  • Born in Salinas, California in 1902
  • Worked as a hired hand on a ranch during the summers
    • Left a deep impression
    • Many of his novels deal with the plight of wanderers in search of the California promised land
  • WroteOf Mice and Menin 1937